another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Saturday, 12 November 2011

 i was delighted to find bill tuman's name on the daytona beach memorial that commemorates the historic 200 mile motorcycle races that took place on the beach itself  between 1902-1959 when the '200' was moved to the famous concrete banked international speedway, [the scene of bazza's infamous 170mph crash] ammo often told me the history of the indian motorcycle's race team during my regular thursday night machine shop lesson's,  the legendary 'wrecking crew', bill, along with bobby hill and ernie beckman ruled the roost in the late '40's and early '50's often rubbing their rivals from harley davidson noses quite literally in the dirt, one thing i didn't know was that before bill won the prestigious ama grand national #1 plate in 1953, [the last time an indian rider would win it as the factory folded the same year], was that he rode with the #51 plate, respect due bill.......


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